The Discovery Expedition
1901 – 1904
Born in Devon in 1868, Robert Falcon Scott came from a seafaring family, making his first voyage at the age of 13. In 1900 he successfully volunteered to lead an expedition to the Antarctic, funded by the Royal Geographic Society and the Royal Navy. This expedition was named ‘The National Antarctic Expedition’ and scheduled to set sail in 1901, on the specially commissioned vessel RRS Discovery.
“I may as well confess that I had no predilection for polar exploration.”
Robert Falcon Scott, The Voyage of the Discovery
The Discovery set sail from Dundee on 31st July 1901,on course for Antarctica. The wooden sailing ship was 172 feet long and 34 feet wide, and unladen the ship weighed 458 tons. Ernest Shackleton, who would soon make a name for himself, was also present on this voyage.